Police say robberies at 2 local Verizon stores are related



PITTSBURGH -  Police are investigating two retail robberies at Verizon stores in downtown Pittsburgh.

Police said the first robbery happened at the store in the 5800 block of Forbes Avenue on April 13.

The store manager told police one man walked up to the counter and began asking questions while two others looked at displays in the store and left shortly after.

Authorities said the manager noticed two cellphones were missing from the display and the security wires had been cut.

According to police, the two men were acting as lookouts.

Police said the second robbery happened at the Verizon store in the 2700 block of Carson Street on April 16.  

When officers arrived at the store, the district manager told police two men cut the wires to phones connected to the display case. Police said they seem to be the same thieves who stole from the store on Forbes Avenue.

No one was hurt in either robbery.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video that captured the theft on tape.